BAHAWALPUR: Federal Minister for Education Engineer Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman has said that Institute of Science and Technology Bill has been passed by National Assembly.

While talking to APP, he told that the university would be completed with a cost of Rs 2290 million.

He expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and parliamentarians from opposition parties who helped in making this possible.

He said that government is paying special attention to the provision of high-quality education to people of Pakistan in general and Southern Punjab in particular.

He said that Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology is already operating in Rahim Yar Khan while Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is near completion in Bahawalpur.

He further told that slaughterhouse of Bahawalpur would be shifted near the veterinary university which will not only benefit the students of the university but the health issues of livestock at slaughter house will also be redressed.

Responding to a question, Federal Minister told that grant of Rs 855 million was provided to the Islamia University of Bahawalpur for various development projects.

He told that funds of almost Rs 1200 million have been provided for Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Campuses of the university during last five years.

Federal Minister further told that NUST and National Defence University will open their campuses at DHA Bahawalpur which will provide better opportunities to the students and academia of Bahawalpur.

He said that education was one of the major priorities of the government and billions of rupees were spent in the sector.